The Summit Hotel
Rainwater Harvesting and Water Recycling System Design
The Summit Hotel
In 2006, as part of the Rainwater Harvesting Campaign, One Planet Solution’s Raju Dangol, consulted on the installation of a large rainwater harvesting system at the Summit Hotel. The system’s performance was received well by Hotel management, but they were interested in ways to expand the system and also reduce the overflow from the filters. In 2010, Tyler consulted with the management team at the Hotel to work on various efforts to make the hotel more environmentally friendly. One of the issues identified was the expansion of the current rainwater harvesting system, to address the overflow and increase capacity. For this Summit Hotel hired Raju, Hem, and Gokul as consultants.
Additionally, Tyler along with Ashish Shrestha, a One Planet Solution Environmental Engineering Consultant, have been working with the Summit Hotel the past year and a half to identify more ways to improve water efficiency at the hotel. Because of the current, unique plumbing at the hotel, and the open space in the garden, the team has designed a constructed wetland greywater recycling system. This system uses a reed bed filter to remove contaminants from the shower water of the hotel. This water will then be supplied for toilet flushing and gardening. The current system will serve 35% of the hotel, reducing the water needs by 10-15%. It will also allow the Hotel to reduce its water purchases, maintain a green garden, and save money. Additionally the way the filtration system is set up, it will serve as an attractive centerpiece to the new garden. One Planet Solution Pvt. Ltd. has completed the design and will now work with the Hotel and a contractor to install the system during the Hotel’s upcoming renovation project.
Finally, since the hotel is impressed with the current rainwater harvesting systems it has plans to expand them yet again. One Planet Solution will coordinate and install these systems with the goal of reducing outside water needs significantly, possibly enough to completely avoid purchasing water during parts of the rainy season.